MANILA -- Former Akbayan party-list representative Etta Rosales said she was elated over the provisional liberty given to detained Marine Colonel Ariel Querubin.

“I am happy for that. Colonel Querubin is a highly medalled officer who has distinguished himself in the military service. His standoff was a consequence of military protest to a corrupt government,” she told Sun.Star.

Rosales was reportedly the choice of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to head the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) amid opposition from other leftist groups.

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Ricardo David signed Querubin’s official provisional release papers Tuesday night.

Last May 31, then AFP chief General Delfin Bangit gave the same provisional liberty to former Scout Ranger Chief Brigadier General Danilo Lim and to nine Scout Rangers linked to the foiled 2006 coup attempt against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in February 2006. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)